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Bullet #1064: Release of Cuban Five Opens New Chapter in Cuba-U.S. Relations

by Richard Fidler; Claudio Katz | January 4, 2015

The release December 17 of the remaining three of five Cubans held for 15 years in U.S. prisons is an historic victory for the Cuban people, their government and supporters around the world. Ramón Labańino, Geraldo Hernández and Antonio Guerrero joined Fernando González and René González, released earlier, in an emotional reception in Havana with President Raúl Castro.

What's New: Social protest rising in Ukraine as gov't approves harsh austerity budget

by Roger Annis | January 3, 2015

A wave of public protests against the regressive social policies of the Ukraine government is rising in Ukraine. The Christmas season has been punctuated by protest across the country. Simultaneously, a fragile ceasefire in the east of the country is coming undone.

What's New: Left Industrial Policy / Productive Transformation For Europe

| January 2, 2015

The intention is to bring together the different approaches and the project groups in a common working environment at the level of the European Left. This paper attempts to sum up the assessments of Axel Troost, the Brussels office of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, Gabriel Colletis, and Transform! Europe.

Mike Constable cartoonWhat's New: A new year diet

by Mike Constable | January 1, 2015

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What's New: What a SYRIZA government will do

| January 1, 2015

This is the governmental program of the Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) announced by Alexis Tsipras at the Thessaloniki International Fair, September 15, 2014. According to the latest opinion poll, SYRIZA is at 36.5%, with a seven percentage point lead over the conservative New Democracy. The current contest for the presidency of Greece looks likely to lead to a new parliamentary election.

What's New: Asset recycling: privatization coming to a community near you

| December 31, 2014

A new scheme called Asset recycling, which has been gaining some traction in conservative circles around the globe, has made its way to Canadian shores. Though promoted as a way for governments to pay for new infrastructure without raising taxes, it's in reality just another ploy in which hard working Canadians, like you, fork out the money, while the wealthy few reap the benefits.

Bullet #1063: After Chavez: The Maduro Government And The 'Economic War' in Venezuela

by Steve Ellner | December 30, 2014

Nearly two years after the death of Hugo Chávez, the key question that many on the left are debating, in Venezuela and elsewhere, is whether his successors have been true to his legacy, or whether the 'revolutionary process' initiated more than a decade ago has now stalled or even been thrown into reverse.

What's New: The amazing things we achieved together in 2014

| December 29, 2014

For Palestinians and people of conscience everywhere, 2014 will be remembered as the year in which Israel carried out its bloodiest ever massacre of Palestinians in the besieged Gaza strip. 2014 was also a year of resistance that saw continued resistance and unprecedented international solidarity with Palestine and huge steps forward for the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement.

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Canada's bluster over Palestine's ICC bid betrays its principles January 30, 2015

Alexis Tsipras begins rolling back Greek austerity policies January 30, 2015

Greece's new government should halt energy cooperation with Israel January 30, 2015

Tsipras complains to EU for Ukraine statement without consulting Greece January 30, 2015

Notes on Greece January 30, 2015

NDP's Small Business Tax Cut Would Help The Rich January 30, 2015

Group Urges Swedes To Evade Subway Fares, And Even Insures Against Fines January 30, 2015

Tax cuts, income inequality and the NDP small business job plan January 30, 2015

How Subjected Bodies are Connecting the Struggle Against Collaborating States January 30, 2015

15 Labour MPs release statement calling for change in party policy direction January 29, 2015

Greece's new young radicals sweep away age of austerity January 29, 2015

Thousands March in Caracas to Commemorate Fall of Dictator January 29, 2015

The Green surge and the new politics in Britain January 29, 2015

The downside of Canada's love affair with small business January 29, 2015

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2:30pm, Sunday February 8, 2015
Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham Street, Toronto.

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twinkle starForum: The Historic Victory of Greek Left: What Now?

The Historic Victory of Greek Left: What Now?
On January 25 2015, Greece elected a new government representative of a range of radical and left forces after years of protests and street battles against the extreme policies of austerity imposed by the so-called Troika composed of the European Commission, European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Syriza represents the first and the strongest democratic response to the bizarre deepening of neoliberalism after the 2008 crisis.

Were such a democratic government to be stymied or brought down by the hostility of its domestic capitalist class working in cahoots with international capitalists and their political representatives, this would be a tragedy for democracy. It would reinforce the notion, growing ever stronger in Europe today, that the only way to protect people from the neoliberal austerity is through supporting right-wing ethno-nationalist parties. For the moment -- at least until Podemos reclaims the mantle at the end of this year -- a democratic Greece under Syriza represents what democratic Spain represented for the international left in the 1930s. The prospects for a different outcome are much better, provided there is strong international support for giving a Syriza government the breathing room it needs.

This forum brings together two important commentators on the left, socialist strategies and Greece to comment on the openings and dilemmas now confronting the Greek, and indeed the European and international, left.

* Peter Bratsis, Political Science, at City University of New York (see The End of TINA)
* Leo Panitch, Political Science, at York University (see The Greek Election)

Sponsored by Centre for Social Justice, Greater Toronto Workers' Assembly and Socialist Project | Facebook event | PDF poster
2:00pm, Sunday February 1, 2015
Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham Street, Toronto.

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twinkle starForum: Environmental Justice, the Tar Sands, and Indigenous Rights

Environmental Justice, the Tar Sands, and Indigenous Rights
Tar Sands extraction projects, located primarily in Treaty 6 and 8, have radically damaged and contaminated a huge area of land in so-called Alberta, and poisoned the Athabasca watershed. As a result of the toxic operations, some Indigenous communities are experiencing unusually high rates of rare cancers and other illnesses. Traditional ways of life are also at risk as hunting, fishing, and collecting medicinal plants is becoming more difficult in polluted waters and lands.

These lands are the traditional territories of a number of Indigenous Nations whose right to hunt, fish, and live are protected by Treaties, which are currently being violated.

* Heather Milton Lightening, Indigenous Tar Sands Campaign
* Keith Stewart, Climate and Energy Campaign Coordinator, Greenpeace Canada
* Anna Zalik, Professor in the Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University

Recommended reading: A Line in the Tar Sands.

This is the second talk in the series: Capitalism vs. Ecology: We Need to Change Everything! Discussion series on ecology, economy, and social justice. Sponsored by: Centre for Social Justice, Greater Toronto Workers' Assembly, Socialist Project. | Facebook event
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